Oral history interview with Tom Robbins, 1984 March 3
Robbins, Tom, 1936-
Kingsbury, Martha, 1941-
Kendrick, William Philip
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Transcript: 47 pages.
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 28 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Tom Robbins conducted 1984 March 3, in La Conner, Wash., by Martha Kingsbury, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project.
Robbins speaks of his youth; the importance of his first trips to New York; meeting Barnett Newman and William Philip Kendrick; the influence of Oriental art; his drug experience; his research on Jackson Pollock; coming to Washington State and working as an art critic; the impact of the 1962 World's Fair on art; and style versus content in art.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Tom Robbins, 1984 March 3. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line.
Location of Originals:
Transcript also available at the University of Washington, Manuscripts Collection, and at the Oregon Historical Society.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Tom Robbins (1936- ) is a writer and critic from LaConner, Wash.
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001